Lots of changes have been happening on the west side of Grande Prairie, Alberta, especially with the Gateway Power Centre. In the last couple of years many businesses have constructed free standing buildings in that area, including Totem, Visions, Staples, Wal-Mart, Peavey Mart, London Drugs, Save-on Foods, Gullivers Restaurant, Kelsey's Restaurant, and Burger King. Other businesses have also opened: Future Shop, Smitty's, Health Hut, Love Boutique, Gateway Mohawk, Subway, Mr. Sub, Gourmade, Glentel, Gateway Liquor Store, Petland, Mark's Work Wearhouse, Danelli's Menswear, Prairie Gold Jewelry, The Dollar Store, Payless Shoes, the new Cinemas plus many more.
Gateway Phase III, is well under-way with Winners and Michael's, a Mississauga, Ontario based clothing retailer recently opening its doors.
Other changes in the last while include lots of development along the Highway Bypass. For many years the only business along that road was Midwest Home Furnishings long time business established in 1956. In the last year we saw, City Furniture build their own store along the Highway Bypass, also Kal-tire, Co-op Gas Bar, Micro-Computers Plus, Carpet Superstore, McGoverns RV, Sean Sargent Toyota, and most recently Tony Roma's Restaurant and the Best Western.
More than 20,000 people attended the 16th annual Peace Country Classic Agri-Show at Evergreen Park in early March.
A new subdivision is well under way just north of these businesses called the Royal Oaks. Construction is in full swing and will have the capacity of more than a hundred family dwellings.
The Four-Mile Corner, where Highway 2 and Highway 43 intersect is under construction. A partial cloverleaf is being constructed.
November 2001- The new $7.8 million Smoky River bridge, east of Bezanson, has finally been completed mid November. Highway 43 is now a four-lane highway from the Four Mile Corner, near Grande Prairie, to Crooked Creek. The project is part of the twinning project from Gunn, near Edmonton, to the B.C. border.
October 2001- A new mayor, Wayne Ayling, was elected in mid October of 2001. Alderman elected were: Gerry Mazer, Helen Rice, Gladys Blackmore, Derek Taylor, Bill Given, John Croken, Carol-Lee Eckhardt, and Margaret Heath.
In October, Safeway announced plans to purchase Coachman Village and build a grocery store on that location. The 137 mobile home owners were very concerned as to their future. The proposed new store would be located right next to Southview IGA.
Dairy Queen had its Grand Opening in August of 2001, of its second location at 9509-68 Avenue, in Country Club Estates, south Grande Prairie. Jim Mah along with his family are the owners of both locations. The first location was opened in 1981.
Two new fire halls officially opened in September of 2001. The new Pete Eagar fire Hall on the southside on resources road, and also the Salmond Fire Station, on the City's north side along the Highway Bypass.